Weekend Happenings in Orlando Sep 30 to Oct 2

Find the best events in and around Orlando for the weekend.


Jake's Beer Festival – Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando – 6 to 9 pm

Kick back and enjoy more than 50 specialty craft beers with paired foods, live entertainment and more. For tickets and more info: eventbrite.com

La Maschera goes Parisian Ooh La La – The Abbey Orlando – 7 pm

Journey back to Paris of the 1890's for an evening at The Abbey with live entertainment, dancing, a silent auction, food and drink; costumes strongly encouraged. For more info: abbeyorlando.com

Free Your Head – The Orange Studio – 8:30 pm

Expand your mind during this live dance performance with a playful nod to 1960's counterculture, modern dance and projections creating an atmosphere challenging us all to think deeply about the social experience in America. For tickets and more info: brownpapertickets.com


Artlando – Loch Haven Park – 11 am to 11 pm

It's one festival lasting one day and it's all about art. For more info: facebook.com/events/1106843802714697

FloGrown Music Festival – Central Florida Fairgrounds – 1 pm

This one-day festival celebrates everything about the Florida lifestyle, including the music, food, brew, water sports and off-roading cultures. For tickets and more info: flogrownfestival.com

Zombitoberfest – Audubon Park District – 2 to 10 pm

This spooky event will feature a scavenger hunt sip and stroll, kids Halloween carnival games, and an undead market plus food trucks, beer and wine. For more info: facebook.com/events/664103900434993

Oktoberfest – German American Club – 2 to 11 pm

The  German American  Society of Central Florida has two Oktoberfests so you won’t miss out. Authentic German bands are on tap, along with Bavarian beer, home-cooked German food, German dancers and a  biergarten . For more info: orlandogermanclub.com

Opening Night: Russian Masters – Bob Carr Theater – 8 pm

Music Director Eric Jacobsen and the Philharmonic open the 2016-2017 season with iconic works of Russian masters Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. For tickets and more info: orlandophil.org/tickets


Wilder Moon: Womenpreneur Gathering – East End Market – 5 to 8 pm

Local women entrepreneurs are invited to hear Emily Rankin, owner of Local Roots: Farm to Restaurant Distribution and the Local Roots farm store inside East End Market discuss creating an authentic and healthy community. For more info: facebook.com/events/576363302536837

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Spirits in Sanford Halloween Art Show & Sale – Sanford – Fri 6 to 8 pm; Sat 9 am to 3 pm

This annual show organized by Jeanine Taylor Folk Art in Sanford’s historic downtown draws art collectors with a passion for Halloween artwork with its juried, one-of-a-kind pieces. Reservations are required (407-323-2774 or info@jtfolkart.com) for the Friday evening preview, which gives  devoted  collectors first shot at the art; Saturday’s show is open to the public at a reduced rate. For more info: spiritsinsanford.com

Mary Poppins – Osceola Arts – Fri & Sat 7:30 pm

Enjoy a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious rendition of this timeless classic. For tickets and more info: osceolaarts.org

Ranch Rodeo and Cowboy Heritage Festival – Silver Spurs Arena – Times Vary

Bronco riding, stampede races, cow-dog competition,  arts  and crafts, living history exhibits, and a beef brisket cook-off are features of this family-oriented event. For more info: floridacattlemen.org

DRIP Underground Vampire Bar – I-Drive – Fri & Sat 8:45 pm

Sip “blood” from the Blood Bar, enjoy live music, and full theatrical vampire show featuring performances in "blood", paint, flying water, red sand and more on select nights in the month of October. For more info: ilovedrip.com

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